Palo Alto (30 Jun 1999) – Programmers from the Netherlands have been testing Kx Systems’ software in droves this month. Ever since the publication of an article in Dutch in Computable on June 4th, hundreds of programmers have been downloading the sophisticated software from the Kx Systems website.
The software is extremely powerful, and particularly suited for situations involving massive amounts of data. The primary product is a relational database manager extended for time series, called Kdb. It has been built in Kx’s core technology, K, a very fast and succinct programming environment. Interest in the Netherlands has been strongest among software developers working in the financial services and telecommunications industries, where data volume can be enormous, and speed of processing is essential.
On June 14th, Arthur Whitney, the inventor of the technology, spoke at the Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel to a group of IT managers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and the UK. Two other speakers also made presentations about Kdb and K at that meeting. Mr. Jan Karman, the author of “Complete K-omgeving, Snelheid en eenvoud troef bij Ksqul en Kdb” in Computable magazine spoke about using the software for insurance and pension fund companies. Mr. Keith Iverson, described a global investments data warehouse he has built in K at Zurich Financial Services in Zurich, Switzerland.
Mr. Whitney demonstrated Web-based time series analysis on massive amounts of data located on a server in California. He showed how Kdb is at the forefront of database technology — providing on-line transaction processing and analysis on relational databases over time — on the web. He demonstrated sophisticated ad hoc queries on millions of records, getting instantaneous results. The audience was particularly appreciative of the extremely small size of the database software, 160 kilobytes, a fraction of the size of typical software.